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Doctor insights on: Do People Not Wearing Seatbelts Who Are In Car Wreck Have A Ruptured Spleen

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Do people not wearing seatbelts who are in car wreck have a ruptured spleen?

Do people not wearing seatbelts who are in car wreck have a ruptured spleen?

Maybe: Not wearing seat-belts in a car accident can result in many severe injuries. The worst injury would be a brain injury. Other injuries would be rib fractures, heart injury, torn aorta or major vein, lung contusion, liver fracture, kidney fracture, intestinal rupture, spleen fracture, etc, etc, etc. ...Read more

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more


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I know someone who has a shunt and was in a minor car accident. Can the shunt be harmed? Their head did not have impact with anything.

I know someone who has a shunt and was in a minor car accident.  Can the shunt be harmed?  Their head did not have impact with anything.

Most likely No: If it was a minor accident most likely the shunt is not disturbed, But always exercise precaution, if the patient has headache or altered mental status or behavior, patient need to be examined and have to have some form of scan of the head. ...Read more

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What are possible injuries when in a car accident and not wearing a seat belt?

What are possible injuries when in a car accident and not wearing a seat belt?

Main ones would be: Those involving the head, chest, abdomen/pelvis or the spine, along with extremities injuries. All sorts of combinations occur. Bleeding excessively, from any one or multiple injuries can, by itself, be critical. The treatment in the first 24-48 hrs is vital for a good outcome, specifically the golden hour, ie, the 1st hour. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are some specific injuries for car accident victims who are in critical condition?

I was wondering what are some specific injuries for car accident victims who are in critical condition?

Main ones would be: Those involving the head, chest, abdomen/pelvis or the spine, along with extremities injuries. All sorts of combinations occur. Bleeding excessively, from any one or multiple injuries can, by itself, be critical. The treatment in the first 24-48 hrs is vital for a good outcome, specifically the golden hour, ie, the 1st hour. ...Read more

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I had a scaphoid fracture from a sports fall in soccer. I'm wondering if people break their hands some other way?

I had a scaphoid fracture from a sports fall in soccer. I'm wondering if people break their hands some other way?

Yes: Trauma can occur almost anywhere: home, work, recreation (including sports besides soccer), in the community. Aside from falls, the hand can be injured by machines and by blows to the area (like with a bat or a stick). ...Read more

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What happens if someone in their 20's loses most of their teeth in a car accident? Dentures? Implants? Would they have to be toothless while waiting?

What happens if someone in their 20's loses most of their teeth in a car accident? Dentures? Implants? Would they have to be toothless while waiting?

Teeth in a Day: With careful planning and diagnosis, a skilled surgical and restorative team can place dental implants and attach a screw retained temporary set of teeth for the patient to have a pleasant esthetic appearance and limited function. Long term success with this technique is the same as waiting and highly predictable! it is a very good technique to achieve your goals of immediate cosmetics and use. ...Read more

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What to do if I have just swapped cars and What to do if I have a lap belt in the middle however What to do if I have 3 children under 4 in car seats. can I get a car seat to fit a lap belt?

What to do if I have just swapped cars and What to do if I have a lap belt in the middle however What to do if I have 3 children under 4 in car seats. can I get a car seat to fit a lap belt?

Maybe,maybe not: First, read the car owners manual and see if that middle seat can be used with a safety seat, some cannot.Some seats have a narrower profile than others and might fit, but you may need to place the oldest kid in the passenger front if the airbag can be turned off.The vehicle you use should be the one that accommodates the passengers you must carry in the safest method possible. ...Read more

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Lost many loved ones, all I see is death or people dying rehashing how they died, in a explosion, in a fire, life is not good, not sleeping or eating ?

Lost many loved ones, all I see is death or people dying rehashing how they died, in a explosion, in a fire, life is not good, not sleeping or eating ?

See a doctor: You sound as though you have post traumatic stress disorder. This can be very debilitating and requires therapy and sometimes medications. Please see a doctor. ...Read more

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I have a non-sports (car) concussion since before Christmas. I worry that incidences of hot flashes are able to cause brain damage. Are they harmful?

I have a non-sports (car) concussion since before Christmas. I worry that incidences of hot flashes are able to cause brain damage. Are they harmful?

Menopause: The brain is not physically affected by menopause except that it continues to shrink. I am not aware of any further relationship. Enjoy the good things that come with menopause and worry less. ...Read more

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Injuries did not heal from a car accident got worse. Have multiple symptoms and stuff go wrong. Do not know who to see for a full evaluation of injury?

Injuries did not heal from a car accident got worse. Have multiple symptoms and stuff go wrong. Do not know who to see for a full evaluation of injury?

ER or Ortho: You didn't say how long ago the accident was, but if not months, then should go to er for access to imaging and specialists that may be appropriate to care for you should any injuries be discovered that were not found initially. Otherwise, can see an orthopedist as good place to start for eval. ...Read more

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Can people who have their gallbladders removed make it big either in physical sports or business or life?Any examples?I might have to get my out at 35

Can people who have their gallbladders removed make it big either in physical sports or business or life?Any examples?I might have to get my out at 35

Yes!!!: Big as in successful? I don't have any examples of professional athletes or business (wo)men who've had their gallbladders removed because it's not considered a big deal nor does the surgery or lack of gallbladder impede anyone's function, either on the field or off it. Techniques have advanced dramatically such that removal of gallbladder is now an outpatient procedure with a few small punctures. ...Read more

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What can be the cause of moving bruises for a (f) bball player who does not report being hit or falling? pain reported, - tuning fork. compartment sn?

What can be the cause of moving bruises for a (f) bball player who does not report being hit or falling? pain reported, - tuning fork. compartment sn?

Bleeding tendency: Migratory bruising without trauma suggests that the blood is not clotting well. Many conditions can cause this-nutritional deficiencies( vitamins K and C), medications (PCP or aspirin} or lack of other clotting factors( Hemophilia, leukemia, thrombocytopenia, and liver disease). In a young person like you, I would bew particularly concerned about the latter and recommend SEE A DOCTOR SOON! ...Read more

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Why do so many diabetes people who have lost a limb or foot die within 15 yrs.?

Why do so many diabetes people who have lost a limb or foot die within 15 yrs.?

Vascular disease: Limb loss in diabetes is often from a combination of nerve damage, which causes numbness, ulcerations, or deformities; and vascular disease with impaired blood flow to the lower legs. The vascular disease is usually not limited to the legs, it is a total body problem. We see higher rates of heart attack and stroke in this group. There is more kidney disease as well. All of these reduce longevity. ...Read more

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When people die on impact in a car crash, what exactly killed them?

Shall I Go On??: The thought of what they'd look like after the accident. And seconds after that,either massive head trauma,or the avulsion of big blood vessels in the chest out of their proper position-releasing gallons of blood into the lungs,or the spleen being impaled on the steering wheel bursting its contents(mostly blood)into the belly, or the neck snapping so hard it duplicates what happens at a hanging... ...Read more

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My daughters, ages 2&4 were in a serious car accident 10 months ago and don't seem to have any physical injury. Any symptoms we should be looking for?

Car Accident: I'm so sorry about the accident. I'm sure that was a very scary time for all of you. However, as long as everyone was checked out and given a clean bill of health, there is no reason to be concerned about any long term physical/medical issues. You should still be alert to any potential lingering psychological or behavioral problems and address them if they are a concern. ...Read more

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How long must you be exposed to smog before issues arise? Driving with terribly stinky old truck in front of me. Hardly breathe.

How long must you be exposed to smog before issues arise? Driving with terribly stinky old truck in front of me. Hardly breathe.

It depends: it depends upon your sensitivity to fossil fuel. if you are highly sensitive, one breath may do and if you are less sensitive it may take a few to several minutes. do other odors like gasoline, perfumes, cleaning products, paint etc bother you? if a lot of odors bother you it is part of chemical sensitivity ...Read more

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I work as a baggage handler at the airport therefore lift heavy bags. I have a small hiatus hernia no symptoms. Will this grow if I carry on? Thx

I work as a baggage handler at the airport therefore lift heavy bags. I have a small hiatus hernia no symptoms. Will this grow if I carry on? Thx

May be, but...: Possible, but would be very slow. Yet, in reality, life has never been perfect and all have to live on. Hence, continue working as ... except you can find a less physically strenuous job & switch. In 3-5 years, repeat imaging study in 3-5 yrs or whenever clinical suspicion emerges. Remember: Life is a constantly changing & adjusting dynamic process of struggle to cope with reality, certainty, &... ...Read more

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Do most people that have a ?Herniated disc tend to recovered well without surgery?

Do most people that have a ?Herniated disc tend to recovered well without surgery?

Yes: The vast majority of patients (80%) will get better without surgery in approximately 3 months. ...Read more

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Ruptured Spleen (Definition)

Ruptured spleen = disruption of structure of spleen - can be external cause like trauma or internal ...Read more


Rupture (Definition)

When a hollow structure like an blood vessel, a cyst, bladder, bowel, etc bursts we ...Read more